Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20379401 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the Chancellor of the State of Delaware sitting in the County of Sussex
Filing Date:1794-May-1
Ending Date:1796-October-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1786, Curtis Brown borrowed slightly more than £72 from Edward Ross, promising to repay the loan in six years with interest, and mortgaging 140 acres of land with "tenements and appurtenances." He also mortgaged five slaves--Isaac, Hannah, Jesse, Jacob, and Jack--to Ross to use and "enjoy the fruits of their labor." Now Ross has died, and his "representatives," Maud Draper and Anna Ross Draper, his widow and administratrix of his estate, refuse to return the slaves, claiming that Ross "purchased the said Slaves of your Orator for ninety four pounds or thereabouts cash." Brown seeks the return of the slaves.
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Decree, 18 October 1796
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20379401

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Papers
  • Document Number B#30
  • Box: A#1
  • Folder: 75
  • Microfilm: Reel 7

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:2/17/2000
Record Last Updated on:10/24/2005 4:46:00 PM